I Resolve To Love More Crab Salad In Phyllo Pastry Cups

crab_salad_phyllo_2_mfbDid you eat enough over the holidays? Feeling a little bit plump?  Just wait because round 2 is just starting up.  That’s right – it’s the New Year’s Party!  How are you going to fit into that little dress that you bought in November?  It’s the one you bought before you gorged yourself on turkey, cabbage rolls, sugar cookies, and chocolate. I’d go exchange it for one size up if I were you. I promise I won’t tell a soul.  You can deal with it in your New Year’s resolutions.

New Year’s resolutions are actually steeped in tradition and history. Ancient Babylonians and Romans made promises to their gods at the beginning of each new year. Many religions and cultures use the new year as a time for reflection and asking for forgiveness.

Resolutions that are made in this century tend to focus more on self-improvement – being a nicer person, losing weight etc., and although most resolutions are made with the best intentions, only a tiny percentage of resolutions actually get accomplished.

crab_salad_collageHere’s some favorite resolutions and why I think they don’t work.

  1. Losing weight – It’s hard!  As a general rule, it’s easier to pack it on than take it off!
  2. Reduce stress – It’s hard! Unless you can quit your job, divorce your husband, sell your house, pay off your bills, and give away your children, then I’m afraid your life will always have stress.  Maybe you can deal with one of the above this year and see how it goes.
  3. Give up a bad habit – It’s hard! Nail biting? Smoking? Drinking? Facebook?  I’ve already given up the first three – it’s that last one that’s the hardest!
  4. Get out of debt – It’s hard! See #2.

This year, my own resolutions are fairly simple. I will resolve to laugh more, learn more, and love more.

Oh, and I’ll eat this crab salad more.  The end.

Crab Salad In Phyllo Pastry Cups

Phyllo Pastry Cups
make approximately 100 cups

Ingredients

1 package frozen phyllo pastry
melted butter

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Thaw phyllo pastry according to package directions.  Begin with one layer of phyllo pastry and paint with melted butter using a pastry brush. Cover with another layer of phyllo pastry.  Paint with melted butter. Continue until you have 4 layers.  Use a pizza cutter to cut your phyllo dough into 3″ squares. Push squares into small cupcake/muffin tins and bake for 10 – 12 minutes. Remove from muffin tin and cool on wire rack.

These can be made ahead of time and frozen.

Crab Salad

Ingredients

1 8 oz block cream cheese
2/3 cup mayonnaise
3 cloves garlic, pressed
sea salt, to taste
1 cup red pepper, diced
2 green onions, finely chopped
1 teaspoon horseradish
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 to 4 cups crab meat or crab flavored pollock, chopped
1 can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.  Refrigerate for several hours or overnight to enhance flavors.

To serve: Drop by spoonfuls into phyllo pastry cups. This makes a delicious appetizer for your New Year’s Eve party, baby showers, or pot luck.

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